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More than 120 people gathered at the Belding High School Performing Arts Center auditorium Monday evening for the monthly Belding Area Schools Board of Education meeting, where members and supports of the Belding Education Association teachers union voiced their complaints about a lack of a contract agreement. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Belding teachers union contract unresolved after seven months

Steps, lanes and a cost of living increase, each offered over a multi-year period. After seven months of negotiations, those four stipulations are the driving force behind the debate over a “fair and competitive” contract for Belding teachers, as was made evident Monday evening.

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Montcalm County wage talks continue

A sub-committee of Montcalm County’s Finance & Personnel committee met this week to discuss whether to conduct a wage study of elected county officials — a debate that’s been simmering since last summer. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer chaired the Feb. 9 meeting alongside Board of Commissioners Chairman Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview, Commissioner Betty Kellenberger of Carson City and Commissioner Ron Retzloff of Crystal.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 18, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

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JUST IN: Greenville City Council discusses Dicastal, snow plowing

GREENVILLE — Dicastal North American Inc. was on the topic of discussion during the Tuesday night meeting of the Greenville City Council. During the meeting, the city council unanimously approved a motion to transfer the Industrial Facilities Certificates from United Solar Ovonic to Dicastal. The certificates concern the parcels of land Dicastal purchased from the [...]

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JUST IN: Bruce Brown signs Belding interim manager contract, will start Monday

After signing his contract Tuesday evening, Bruce Brown will begin his tenure as Belding’s new interim manager beginning Monday.

Three snowmobilers race across a frozen Crystal Lake on Saturday during the Crystal Lake Winter Festival. — Daily News/

Dangerous temperatures freeze out events at Crystal Lake Winter Festival

Jack Frost and his arctic wake of ice and snow were just too much for Saturday’s Crystal Lake Winter Festival. Normally a welcome friend to a festival that requires plenty of snow and a frozen Crystal Lake, Saturday’s weather conditions were deemed too dangerous by festival officials.

Bill Simpson Jr. took over Simpson Family Funeral Homes, the family business in Sheridan and Stanton, on Jan. 1. — File photo

BUSINESS BEAT: Torch passed at Simpson Family Funeral Homes

Bill Simpson Jr. is no stranger to hard work. Since middle school, he’s been putting in regular work days, at first just doing odd jobs; cleaning, yard work, washing cars. The difference between Simpson and most kids his age is this: he was doing these chores for his father’s business, Simpson Family Funeral Homes.

Moments before accepting the Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award, Carolyn “Skeet” Slocum, center, received introductory speeches from 2014 recipient Joyce London, left, and Spectrum Health Charity Ball Chairman Dr. Rocky Hansen at the Spectrum Health Charity Ball at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids on Saturday. — Daily News/Stacie Smith

Slocum honored at annual Spectrum Health Charity Ball

Despite frigid temperatures Saturday, a crowd of more than 300 came out to Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to support Carolyn “Skeet” Slocum as she received this year’s Fred and Lena Meijer Spirit of Caring Award. The evening marks the largest fundraising undertaking for Spectrum Health United and Kelsey Hospitals each year. Proceeds for the Charity Ball benefit the renovation of existing areas in Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville to establish a cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program.

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Funeral Notices for Feb. 17, 2015

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

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Individual wrestlers advance to regional tournament

The Michigan High School Athletic Association individual wrestling tournament started with districts around the state on Saturday. In all, 36 wrestlers from seven area schools advanced through districts to the regional tournament.